NEW HAVEN, Conn. --- Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight’s leadership and offensive production in the Aggies’ 45-38 overtime win over No. 9 Tennessee earned him National Offensive Player of the Week honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation on Sunday.
Knight, a graduate transfer from San Antonio, Texas via the University of Oklahoma, accounted for five touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown run in the second overtime. Knight rushed for three scores and passed for two more as he generated 349 yards of total offense. Knight passed for 239 yards and rushed for 110 yards to help the Aggies gain 592 total yards on 84 plays (7.0 yards per play).
The victory over the Volunteers improved the Aggies’ record to 6-0 and put them atop the Southeastern Conference west division standings with a 4-0 conference record. The victory made the Aggies bowl-eligible for the eight straight season. It was the Aggies’ fourth win over a team ranked in the Associated Press top 10 during the Kevin Sumlin era (since 2012) and it was the 12th victory against a ranked opponent under fifth-year Texas A&M head coach. It was Texas A&M’s first win over a top 10-ranked opponent at Kyle Field since beating No. 9 Nebraska, 9-6, in 2010, and it was the first time Texas A&M has beaten a top 10 team at Kyle Field as a top 10 team since 1975.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
TREVOR KNIGHT, TEXAS A&M
Post-grad, Quarterback, San Antonio, TX/Reagan
Trevor Knight accounted for 339 yards and five touchdowns (3 rushing, 2 passing) as 8th-ranked Texas A&M (6-0) defeated 9th-ranked Tennessee, 45-38, in overtime. Knight passed for 239 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 110 yards and three scores. Knight’s one-yard scoring run was the game-winner in the second overtime.
Notes: Trevor Knight is the ninth Texas A&M player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and seventh offensive honoree (4th quarterback – Reggie McNeal, Johnny Manziel and Kyle Allen).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MINKAH FITZPATRICK, ALABAMA
Sophomore, Defensive Back, Old Bridge, NJ/St. Peter’s Prep
Minkah Fitzpatrick had three interceptions, including a school-record 100-yard return for a touchdown, as top-ranked
Alabama defeated 16th-ranked Arkansas, 49-30. Fitzpatrick also had five tackles (4 solo) and broke up two passes in the victory.
Notes: It is the second time that Minkah Fitzpatrick has earned Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week honor (Oct. 18, 2015). Fitzpatrick is also the 12th Crimson Tide to be honored with Player of the Week honors since the award started in 2004.
Walter Camp, “The Father of American football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side.
The Walter Camp Football Foundation (www.waltercamp.org,@WalterCampFF) – a New Haven-based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team. The Foundation is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game’s predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients.
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